Xbox: Unofficial controllers and accessories will no longer work on your consoles starting November 12

This weekend, a wave of disgruntled gamers took to X (Twitter) accounts to attack Microsoft. So far, you might say, there is nothing new under the sun. However, the reason for their anger may concern you. In fact, everyone points out that a new bug has appeared in their console with its name stamped 0x82d60002. Here is the message it contains:

“A connected accessory was not allowed. The use of unauthorized accessories jeopardizes your gaming experience. Therefore, the use of unauthorized accessories will be blocked on 11/12/2023. » If you use a non-Microsoft controller, headset, or other accessory with your Xbox, you may find out within a few days that it may not be compatible.

Microsoft will block the use of certain third-party accessories on its Xbox

According to our colleagues at Windows Central, this new restriction will apply to accessories that do not have an official Xbox license. This concerns, for example, controllers sold by third-party manufacturers at a lower price. List of brands paying for this license:

  • 8BitDo
  • Maple
  • AirTurn
  • American Girl
  • asus
  • Astro
  • Audeze
  • Aksim
  • Spine
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Cable Matters
  • Controller Gear
  • Pirate
  • Fanatec
  • Forza Designs
  • Geek Made Designs
  • GTR Simulator
  • Petek Aviation
  • hyperkine
  • HyperX
  • Hori
  • Linksys
  • Logitec
  • LucidSound
  • Nacon
  • otter box
  • PDP Gaming
  • Philips
  • PowerA
  • Shelving Solutions
  • Razer
  • friction
  • Seagate
  • SteelSeries
  • Turtle Beach
  • push master
  • Western Digital
  • Victrix

No need to worry if you have an accessory from these manufacturers: the latter will remain compatible with your Xbox after November 12. On the other hand, if your accessory comes from another manufacturer, Microsoft will prevent the use of the accessory without providing an alternative solution. Redmond company advises users who can return the product and get a refund.

So what is the reason for Microsoft’s sudden decision? According to information from Windows Centraln, this new measure comes as Microsoft is trying to renew its procedure for becoming an official partner manufacturer. For controllers, the company is trying to simplify procedures, especially for wireless models. It seems that it is precisely the latter who are no longer compatible, especially those who use alternative solutions to connect.

This would be a way for Microsoft to reduce security risks by preventing malware-infected accessories from connecting to the console, while also preventing cheating with peripherals that would give rogue players an advantage. Unfortunately, this also means that for many players this restriction means another payout. This is very bad news because these accessories are often cheap alternatives to official peripherals, allowing gamers to enjoy their games at a lower cost.

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Source : Windows Center